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SONJA DRINKWATER/Alberni Valley News Owners Cathy and Joe Krznaric have finished renovating their Little Bavaria restaurant on Fourth Avenue, except for a meeting hall upstairs that was formerly the Royal Canadian Legion Br. 55.  - SONJA DRINKWATER/Alberni Valey News
SONJA DRINKWATER/Alberni Valley News Owners Cathy and Joe Krznaric have finished renovating their Little Bavaria restaurant on Fourth Avenue, except for a meeting hall upstairs that was formerly the Royal Canadian Legion Br. 55.
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Little Bavaria renos finished

Renovations to the exterior of Little Bavaria have been completed and give the building on Fourth Avenue a whole new look.

The restaurant has been located in the same place for years, but owners Cathy and Joe Krznaric bought the building from the Royal Canadian Legion last year when Branch 55 closed. The Krznarics are also renovating the meeting hall upstairs and hope to make it available for rentals when completed.

 

Gayle’s getting facelift as well

Another store on Fourth Avenue receiving a makeover is Gayle’s Fashion & Fitness. An upcoming renovation will give the staff at Gayle’s more space.

And if you think haute couture can’t be found in Port Alberni, check out the red rose print dress on display at Gayle’s. The floral patterned sheath is fresh from Canadian designer Joseph Ribkoff, and is featured in the March 2012 issue of Canadian Living magazine.

 

Serious Coffee now catering

Dying for a Serious Coffee, but you’re headed to a staff meeting? The Island-owned coffee shop can help you out. Serious Coffee owner Clay Edghill is now offering catering services for large and small group meetings. For more information, call Edghill at 250-720-4949 or e-mail 16portalberni@seriouscoffee.com.

 

WBN focuses on uptown

The Women’s Business Network hosted a meet and greet for uptown merchants Feb. 7 at April’s Boutique to discuss concerns about the shopping area around Third Avenue and Argyle Street. Mayor John Douglas fielded questions from the 30 women at the gathering and pledged city support for improvement initiatives.

 

Wright opening coffee shop

Former city council candidate Kevin Wright is putting his money where his mouth is, and plans to open a coffee shop uptown.

Wright has spent the past few weeks closing down his Hilliers business, Braemar Pottery, so he can renovate a spot on Third Avenue.

Wright ran a coffee bar in the plaza with Braemar Pottery for the past three years, and is confident he can replicate the experience in uptown Port Alberni.

His new endeavour will feature art and giftware items along with Italian-style espresso and cold blended beverages.

Wright estimates his new coffee shop, at 3025 Third Ave., will open in May.

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